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Carol Zabin, Senior Director of Emerging Programs

About Carol Zabin

Carol Zabin (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley) is Senior Director of Emerging Programs at the Labor Center, and director of the new “High Road Training Partnership Institute.” Zabin is a labor economist whose research has addressed low-wage labor markets, labor standards, workforce development, and other economic development and labor issues in the United States and Mexico.  She has consulted with numerous unions and non-profits on strategies and policies to improve jobs in human services and the green economy. She developed the Labor Center’s Green Jobs Program, and her current research focuses on the impact of climate and clean energy policy on California's economy, workers, and labor unions. Recent publications include “Diversity in California’s Clean Energy Workforce,” “Advancing Equity in California Climate Policy,” and “Workforce Issues and Energy Efficiency Programs.” Appointed by Governor Brown, Zabin sits on the executive council of the California Workforce Development Board and chairs the board’s Green Collar Jobs Council. Before joining the Labor Center, Zabin was on the faculty at Tulane University and UCLA.

Publications by Carol Zabin